What is your image of a church planter? 

By Mark Short – BCA National Director   

What is your image of a church planter? Is it of a rugged individual standing alone in a field of wheat – as suggested by the cover of a recent book on the subject? It seems to me that in the New Testament God pushes us in a different direction. Read how the Apostle Paul puts it to his friends in Corinth: I (Paul) planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow (1 Corinthians 3:6).

Right from the beginning the work of seeing God’s word taking root in lives and churches has been a team effort. God grows His community through community. Some preach, some build relationships, some pray and some give – but all have the one purpose and serve the one Lord.

The theme for this edition of The Real Australian is ‘planting and renewing sustainable churches.’ I hope that as you read the stories which follow, you will see that they are your story. God is using your gifts, your prayers and your messages of encouragement to build His church down under. Those who preach, care and witness in far flung places are co-workers with you, and you with them. By the way, if you want to check out the story of how God is renewing His church on Kangaroo Island please check out the video at: bushchurchaid.com.au/kangarooisland

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has responded to our current appeal to grow ministry among children and young people. Please continue to pray that God will grow that work for His glory!